ALSTOM and Saudi Railway Company (SAR) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop hydrogen trains for local conditions in Saudi Arabia.

The MoU was signed by SAR senior vice president - operations, Mr Khaled Alharbi, and managing director of Alstom Saudi Arabia, Mr Mohamed Khalil. The objective is to explore opportunities for the future of sustainable mobility in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and actively work to develop and implement solutions related to railway infrastructure and capability aligned with Vision 2030, a strategic framework to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.

“This partnership is an opportunity for Alstom to grow our collaboration with SAR and work together to address the mobility needs of the kingdom as they execute Vision 2030,” says Alstom managing director for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) region, Mr Mama Sougoufara. “The focus on sustainable mobility solutions including hydrogen technology will be a key enabler to the diversification and economic growth of the kingdom.”